because both are responsible for pollinating certain kinds of flowers and plants. In nature our flowers and plants rely on insects, birds and other animals to pick up pollen from the anther of one flower to the other and then deliver it to the stigma of another.
With the Hummingbirds/Bees they are particularly well suited for this typed of the job. As they both fit among these flowers, feeding on nectar, they pick up grains of the pollen on their foreheads, bills and chins.
The pollen is then carried to the flowers of other plants and flowers. This is so very important, with the decline in the bee pollination of our food supply and also the hummingbirds.
It could be a real problem for the coming year of 2014 if measures are not taken. We already have a huge food hunger problem around the world. With many feed the world programs.
The plant and the pollinator have a mutualistic relationship you could say and each derives an important benefit from one another - Plus for us humans too.
For the flower, the benefit is the transportation and appropriate placement of the pollen inside the flower. Which will ensure the reproduction of that flower, plant or food species.
As for our hummingbirds, the reward is in the form of the flower nectar.
A food source that is essential for its own survival.
Over millions of years, flowers have been evolving in thousands of different shapes, colors and enticing fragrance not to appeal to humanity, but rather to attract to the pollinators to ensure the life of the plant's survival.
Flowers that have evolved to be pollinated by hummingbirds usually have a slender tubular shape and are often the colors of red and orange.
Long, tubular flowers generally have more nectar at the base, which is much more difficult for the bees and other insects to reach these type of flowers, but the long bills and tongues of the tiny bee hummingbirds have adapted for these kinds flowers, in ways of getting to them sideways and even upside down. Making it very difficult for bees, butterflies, and other insects to get inside or to even land on these flowers.
But the hummingbirds of course have no problem at all getting to the nectar of these types of flowers; their advantage is being able to hover over, side or under these kind of flowers.
Hummingbirds will visit blooms of other colors too, such as purples, reds, blues etc., but most with go to the reddish hues.
FOR THE LOVE OF THE HUMMINGBIRDS!
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